All of our permanent bloggers are married, so we do not talk much about the life of single members, except by way of remembrance. This morning, however, I had one of those milestone events that marks the aging of a father as I spoke with my daughter about her college plans. We had explored this topic before, but only in fairly general terms, and over the past six months she has been receiving college brochures at a pace that would rival a top high school quarterback. Today she listed some of the colleges she was considering, and I was surprised by some of her choices, mainly because they are in locations that do not seem to hold much promise for finding LDS peers. (Given that she has spent most of her life in such locations, I suspect that this factor did not even enter her calculation.) That started me thinking: what are the best undergraduate colleges in the US for a single, LDS college student? Let’s make a list.
Before you start with the equivocation (“it depends what you are looking for …”), stop. Let’s just imagine that we are US News and we have to come up with an aggregate result, even if we are comparing apples and oranges. “Best” is a composite of educational, social, cultural, and professional opportunities, with the assumption that single, LDS college students want to associate with other single, LDS college students, if not exclusively then at least more than occasionally.
My Top 10 (in alphabetical order): Berkeley, BYU, Georgetown, Harvard, MIT, Stanford, UCLA, Utah, Utah State, Washington.
Honorable Mention: Wisconsin. ;-)
Final note: I found this to be a pretty difficult exercise. Although I have visited every college on my list, I don’t really know much about most of them from the perspective of a single, LDS college student. If you think that your school was slighted, therefore, don’t flame … explain. I am open to persuasion.